Drop off your unneeded prescription drugs Saturday

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The Carthage Police Department has a medication drug take-back box year-round.

The collection sites in Cecil County during Saturday's event will accept only unwanted and expired prescription medications, meaning no illegal - or street - drugs. Individuals are asked to bring their unwanted, unneeded or expired medications to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and dispose of them in the drug drop box in the lower level of the sheriff's office. You will not be required to give your name or sign any forms.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley. "Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America". Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, a sheriff's office news release said.

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The DEA can not accept liquids or needles.

Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative that started seven years ago in an effort to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse as well as the number of accidental poisonings from these drugs.

Officials also point out that opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the US and a top public health concern.

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The DEA says residents should not flush drugs down the toilet or throw them into the garbage.

More than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected nationwide past year during the event and more than 9 million pounds have been collected since 2010, according to the DEA.

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